Africa at Noon on September 10, 2014

HIV, Marriage, and Divorce in Early Adulthood in Rural Malawi

Monica Grant
Assistant Professor, Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Time and Location

12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI

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This presentation uses five years of longitudinal data to examine how exposure to the HIV epidemic influences the timing of marriage in rural Malawi.  It also considers how marriage changes HIV risk perceptions and how these risk perceptions are related to the risk of divorce during early adulthood.


Monica Grant is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and faculty affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Her research focuses on gender inequalities in early life course transitions in less developed countries. Within this general framework, her research can be categorized into three areas: the consequences of expanding female school participation, education and family decision-making in the context of the HIV epidemic, and the consequences of free primary education policies in sub-Saharan Africa.